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Sunday, 20 June 2021

Breakaway by Craig Alanson

Breakaway (Expeditionary Force Book 12)Breakaway by Craig Alanson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The 12th novel in the Expeditionary Force series by Craig Alanson is titled "Breakaway" and humanity despite having galactic scale weapons of mass destruction have been easily maneuvered into a very bad position by the senior species of the galaxy, races that have had millenia to perfect their craft. The Maxolhx having engineered the approaching global ice age that is currently affecting the Earth and by extension vastly increasing the threat of humanity turning on itself are maybe a little too complacent as Joe Bishop, Skippy and the rest of the Pirates do their best work when forced into a corner and once again we see imaginative and intelligent scifi story telling which allows our heroes not to be swept aside. Not only that the Mavericks and Colonel Emily Perkins having been fully absorbed into the main narrative and are working their own military magic to strengthen the position of Earth and weaken the two main coalitions that control the galaxy. This novel really hit the ground running and never let up, good scifi story telling with strong characters both new and old and alien races which have purpose and add greatly the whole. Personally I loved the Jeraptha and their Ethics and Compliance Office but we also get more of the apex species interaction with humanity and other races which was very satisfying. Breakaway was an excellent read, loved it, love the series and well up for the next novel.

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